Assessment and Reporting
Rationale - Assessment
Summative assessment at Te Haerenga will be used as a means of gauging student learning and progress. Assessment data will be used by each teacher to identify learning gaps for students and to inform future teaching, as part of the inquiry process. Assessment schedules will show clearly to the student which curriculum level they have currently attained in the relevant learning area, and what the next steps in the learning process are in that area. Feedback and 'feed-forward' will also comment on the student’s progress in the relevant key competency focus areas.
Literacy and Numeracy
Students will be tested for literacy and numeracy at the beginning and end of each year, using asTTle tests, to both identify needs and determine progress, as part of a transition programme back to Senior Campus.
Classroom assessments will be designed by the classroom teacher(s) of each subject. Assessments will be designed to assess the practical application of skills and knowledge, in keeping with the experiential philosophy of Te Haerenga. It is not necessary for teachers to use common assessments, as the programme will be designed to best fit the needs of the class and therefore variation may arise. However, teachers will use a common template for assessment schedules across the school and subjects. All classroom-based assessment will be measured against the Achievement Objectives of the NZ Curriculum, for the relevant learning area and strand being assessed. Students will be assigned a curriculum level that best fits their achievement against the particular strand. It is important that students then be given feedback which allows them to clearly see their progression to the next level and be able to set learning goals for themselves, in order to get there.
Students will not sit formal examinations at Te Haerenga.
At Te Haerenga, reporting to parents will take place on a number of levels, both formal and informal. Formal reporting will take place twice a year and will place a strong focus on providing verbal feedback on the student’s current achievement and next steps in their learning. Each student’s progress against the national curriculum levels will also be reported. Reports will also be provided on the outdoor and social living curriculum.
Opportunities will be provided for parents to meet with their sons’ teachers regularly and parental contact with the boys' 'cabin parents' is encouraged.